Statistically at least one out of ten people reading this article suffers with migraine headaches. As much as 12% of the American population has migraines on a regular basis.1 If you are a woman, you are 3x as likely to have a migraine and 30% of women have migraines in their lifetime. Migraines are a serious issue that affects many people from leading normal healthy lives.
Now you would think that such a serious health condition would be easily treated and curable, sadly that is not the case. Migraines are as unique as the individuals who have them and that makes it very challenging for both patients and healthcare providers. Migraines involve many factors including; the brain and nervous system, blood flow, muscles of the head and neck and many more. Treatment options can be boiled down into pharmacological interventions and therapeutic methods to treat the effects of the migraines.
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As a migraine specialist I take a much different route to offering people hope for their debilitating condition. Many patients end up seeing me because they want a natural option for migraine relief. I am an upper cervical chiropractor that specializes in the alignment of the head and neck. The reason that is so important is because the first bone in the neck, known as the atlas, is very susceptible to misalignment. When the atlas is misaligned it has a global effect on the brain, nerves and nervous system, biomechanics, muscles and even blood flow. Any one of these are known to cause migraines.
By carefully examining each patient to precisely locate their misalignment I customize an adjustment to correct the misalignment unique to each person. Large studies done on migraine patients utilizing upper cervical chiropractic have shown relief in as little as one or two adjustments.2 It can be quite common that after correcting the underlying misalignment for a long enough period of time that headaches are resolved.
- Migraine Research Foundation. About Migraines. http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine.html (accessed 5 February 2016).
- Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10
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